The Briefly for June 17, 2020 – The “Don’t Believe What Cops Say” Edition

Today’s daily NYC news digest: Playgrounds will open with phase 2, the mayor finally gets a coronavirus test, the AG’s hearing on NYPD interactions during protests, and more

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Partly cloudy throughout the day.

You can watch the Public Hearing Via Video Conference on Police/Public Interactions During Recent Protests at that link at 11am on Wednesday.

Nine protesters detail their violent encounters with the NYPD. (Sydney Pereira, Jake Offenhartz, and Gwynne Hogan for Gothamist)

Why the hell are NYPD cruisers playing ice cream man music? This isn’t an isolated incident and there is a video. (Luke Fater for Atlas Obscura)

The first wave of lawsuits against the NYPD has begun, with 18 notice of claims being lodged with City Comptroller Scott Stringer’s office. (Reuven Blau for The City)

The lesson from yesterday’s story about the NYPD poisoning that never was is clear: Stop believing the police. (Ashley Reese for Jezebel)

The moment is demanding it, but is the NYPD capable of reform? (Nate File for Bedford + Bowery)

A new policy mandates that body cam footage when the NYPD’s weapons are fired. I hope we’re all ready for a million reasons why cameras “malfunction.” (Kathleen Culliton for Patch)

The 1.8 acre 50 Kent pop-up park will open on July 9 on a part-time basis from Thursday to Sunday from 10am to 6pm. (Greenpointers)

Mayor de Blasio announced that playgrounds will reopen in the city’s second phase of reopening. Yeah, it sucks, but we’re all fighting that same anxiousness in service of a greater good. (Todd Maisel for amNewYork Metro)

It hasn’t been confirmed that we’ll be hitting phase 2 on June 22, and if we don’t, it’s because of assholes like Dani Zoldan on the Upper West Side, who has been running comedy shows inside Stand Up NY, the comedy club he owns. (Mike Mishkin for I Love the Upper West Side)

Oh, look, more assholes. State Senator Simcha Felder, Assemblyman Simcha Eichenstein, and Councilman Kalman Yeger decided their community in Midwood has had enough of being careful and used a grinder to open the chains keeping the Kolbert Playground closed. (Lindsay Tuchman for NY1)

When CMJ announced it was coming back, a virtual festival wasn’t what we pictured. (Bill Pearis for BrooklynVegan)

The stoop is the new bar. And the new restaurant. And everything else too. (Marie Solis for Gothamist)

A look at Dennin Winser’s hand-painted signs, which he’s offering for free for Black-owned businesses. (Emma Orlow for Time Out)

Sometimes a headline is perfect. A gay socialist could be the first LGBTQ person of color in the New York legislature. Get to know Jabari Brisport. (Molly Sprayregen for LGBTQ Nation)

Ahead of the June 23 primary, Attorney General Letitia James opened a hotline for election issues. If you haven’t applied for an absentee ballot already, you’ll be voting in person. (Brendan Krisel for Patch)

The city is providing free air conditioners for eligible households this summer. There are a few different guidelines to qualify and it’s best to check before it starts getting unreasonably warm. (East New York News)

Someone hung a noose inside Marcus Garvey Park in Harlem. The Hate Crimes Task Force is investigating. (Greg B. Smith for The City)

Should you sign a new lease right now? Rents look like they might be on the decline through the end of the year. (Nancy Wu for StreetEasy)

Kudos to the MTA for their creative social distancing decals on the subway. (Noah Sheidlower for Untapped Cities)

We’ve all seen photos of the Unisphere in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, but have you thought about it represents? It’s meant to be a celebration the start of the Space Age, symbolize the theme of the 1964 World’s Fair “Peace Through Understanding” and also a part of Robert Moses’s plans for New York City. (Lillia Paynch for Untapped New York)

Juneteenth isn’t a recognized holiday in New York, but we could be on the road to changing that. (Nick Reisman for NY1)

Photos: What Michelin-starred restaurant takeout looks like. (Gary He for Eater)

This year’s 4th of July hot dog eating championship will happen without a crowd and will be in a secret location, leaving this the first year in a long time without the competition at the corner of Surf and Stillwell. (Bao Ong for Time Out)

The U.S. Open tennis tournament will also be held without a crowd this summer. I hope they fill the stands with stuffed animals and sex dolls like the Korean baseball teams have. (Ben Yakas for Gothamist)

Hospitals and group homes can now accept visitors with their discretion. (Emily Davenport for Gothamist)

Housing courts in the state are starting to reopen, but there’s some confusion over if evictions are allowed to resume. With no additional guidance, Chief Administrative Judge Lawrence Marks’s order from March halting evictions stands, but with pushback from eviction-hungry attorneys and landlords. (Georgia Kromrei for The Real Deal)

The state and city government is trying to get anyone who thinks they’ve been exposed to Covid-19 to get tested. If that’s the case, why were less than 100 prisoners tested over the first two weeks of June? (Rosa Goldensohn for The City)

Never trust the first thing Mayor de Blasio says. After taking a sick day on Monday and spreading the message that he didn’t feel there was a need to get tested… he got tested. Everything de Blasio says is a three-day story. Day One: Thing happens. day Two: Mayor says something stupid, ruining credibility. Day Three: Mayor backtracks, becomes joke. (Kathleen Culliton for Patch)

A conversation with Judd Apatow about his new film “The King of Staten Island.” (Molly Given for amNewYork Metro)

The Briefly for January 1, 2019 – The “New Year, New York City” Edition

The news doesn’t stop on New Year’s Day. The city and state have new laws, birth certificates have a new gender, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

A petition has started collecting names to rename the portion of the street in front of Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue “President Barack H. Obama Avenue.” (6sqft)

The MTA bus that was stolen in the Bronx last week was nabbed by six teens, who may have prior experience in stealing and driving buses around. The NYPD are looking for the teens. (Gothamist)

Seven new movie theaters are scheduled to open in the city in 2019. (Rerelease News)

The Brooklyn Bridge was temporarily closed on Saturday to pedestrians because too many people tried to take advantage of the warmer winter day. Too many people were on the bridge and the NYPD had to shut the promenade down due to crowding. The Department of Transportation is in the process to figure out if the promenade can be safely expanded with an inspection scheduled for 2019. (Gothamist)

Note to self: Do not park anything in front of the Hells Angels’ clubhouse in the East Village. (NY Post)

A look at the new laws of 2019 in New York state. (Metro)

Today begins the city’s ban on styrofoam clamshells, cups, plates, bowls and packing peanuts. (NY Times)

The governor granted clemency to 29 convicts on New Year’s Eve. 22 were pardoned, including immigrants facing deportation, and nine had their sentences commuted, three for armed robbery and four for murder. The people serving sentences for murder had already served between 20 and 33 years. (NY Post)

Seats taken. Simcha Felder will not be invited to join the Democratic conference after caucusing with the Republicans in the State Senate as part of the “Independent Democratic Conference.” (Daily News)

Louis CK, unfortunately, continues to speak. (NY Times)

With the new year comes a new option for NYC birth certificates – X – for non-binary people. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Even with the increase in hate crimes and rapes, New York City was the safest big city in 2018. (NY Times)

Meet Kevin Walker, the man who failed the FDNY’s physical test three times and sued the city in an attempt to make himself a firefighter anyway. (NY Post)

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The Briefly for December 12, 2018 – The “Cuomo Prepares His Legal Pot Plan” Edition

The best restaurants of 2018, NYCs parking summons advocate can’t be reached, the bright lights of Dyker Heights, the Amazon HQ2 guidance committee and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

Luxury? That’s so last year. New York’s ultra-luxury real estate market is booming. (The Real Deal)

Governor Cuomo has been tight-lipped on what https://nypost.com/2018/12/11/cuomo-to-release-plan-for-legalizing-recreational-use-of-marijuana/”>New York’s legal marijuana law will look like, but aides are saying it will be included in the 2019 state budget. (NY Post)

The roadblock to single-payer healthcare in New York state was the Republicans. Now with the Democrats firmly in power, labor unions could be the next to stand in its way. (Gothamist)

Ryan Sutton’s restaurants of the year. (Eater)

The lawsuit preventing the Natural History Museum from expanding has been dismissed. The $383 million Richard Gilder Center for Science, Education and Innovation will move forward as planned. The original finish time frame was 2020, it has not been updated yet. (6sqft)

The top 10 dishes of 2018 from The New York Times.

This year’s Dyker Heights Christmas lights are an unrivaled visual spectacle. (6sqft) Unfortunately, so is the insane traffic and overflowing trash bins . (The Brooklyn Home Reporter)

It only took the MTA one day to screw up the speed increases on the N and R lines in Brooklyn. (Bklyner)

The city and state’s proposal to Amazon for HQ2 was uploaded for you to see all the cringe-worthy images that were included. (Curbed)

Jazmine Headley, the mother arrested for sitting on the floor after waiting four hours in a government office, had her charges dropped by Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez. (NY Post)

Little Pakistan is the unofficial name for a portion of Coney Island Avenue. The Pakistani American Youth Organization is looking to make it official. (amNY)

Pete Wells’ best restaurants of 2018. (NY Times)

The 45-person the Amazon HQ2 advisory committee will offer “guidance” as the project moves forward. (amNY) Missing from the committee? Representation from their neighbors to the south in North Brooklyn. (Greenpointers)

From Donna Summer to Margaritaville: The worst Broadway shows of 2018. (amNY)

Spending a night with the working dogs of Governor’s Island. (Gothamist)

Where is Jean-Georges’ newest restaurant? JFK Airport. (Eater)

This Thursday at midnight, Governor Cuomo will take a photo opportunity guided tour of the L train’s tunnels. (Bklyner)

New Yorkers fight 2.4 million parking tickets a year. NYC’s Parking Summons Advocate Jean Wesh, whose job it is to provide assistance to those people, investigates a mere 1.5 of those a day. How do you contact him for help? It’s literally impossible. (NY Post)

The body of a man was found on the shore of the East River near 20th Street on Monday morning. The cause of death is yet unknown. (Town & Village)

Congratulations to the West Side Rag being presented the 2018 Community Service Award from the West Side Federation of Neighborhood & Block Associations. (West Side Rag)

Simcha Felder, the Brooklyn Democrat who voted with state Republicans for years, was shut out of committee leadership posts, while multiple freshman State Senators were given leadership positions. (NY Post)

What’s worse than NYC’s SantaCon? Hoboken’s SantaCon. (Gothamist)

Joseph C. Desmond was arrested in the suspected road-rage killing of Faizal Coto, a 33-year-old member of the FDNY. (NY Times)

The HOLLA?D TONNEL. (NY Post)

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